Scouring the NFL free agent market

March 12, 2018 - 11:32 am

While the offseason discussions about the Buffalo Bills have centered around the draft and whether or not they would take a quarterback, the Bills and the rest of the NFL are entering the free agent period this week.

The "legal tampering" period opens Monday at 12 p.m., and teams can officially sign free agents when the new league year commences Wednesday at 4 p.m.

According to, the Bills have just under $34 million in cap space at this point. Another $9.2 million must be set aside for the draft class, so Buffalo would have about $25 million left. Whether it's free agency or the draft or a combination of the two, the Bills have a number of areas to address when it comes to roster additions.

Quarterback is at the top of the list after the trade of Tyrod Taylor. Wide receiver, defensive tackle, and linebacker are likely right up there as well.

ESPN NFL analyst Field Yates was a guest with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Monday and discussed some possible free agent options for the Bills. Yates said a guy like Josh McCown would make sense for the Bills, who many expect to aggressively go after a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

"The idea is merely that if you're looking for a guy that is not going to be a threat to a rookie quarterback to be a long term starter and also isn't going to cost you a ton of money," Yates said." That might be the area you have to target as opposed to a Sam Bradford or an A.J. McCarron or who knows, maybe even a Mike Glennon."

Yates also went over some possibilities at defensive tackle and wide receiver.  He also shared his thoughts on the Taylor trade with the Browns.

You can listen to the entire interview with Field Yates below:

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